On a recent trip to Philadelphia (the greatest American city), I made a stop into the amazing store/gallery Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction on N 3rd street in Old City.  They were showing a series of incredible watercolor paintings by the local artist, Reverend Michael Alan…They reminded me of the amazing Frakturs by the Pennsylvania Dutch in the Winthertur Museum’s collection I had just seen the day before.  I love the poetic rendering of neo-classical Americana.  These paintings really capture the chic American aesthetic of Philadelphia.

Today, two arrived from Philly to Paris. Merci Rev Michael!

Check out his website to see all the amazing things he is doing: reverendmichaelalan.com

The note is as beautiful as the paintings themselves!

It’s all about the details….Here are some detail shots from a Paris pied-à-terre I’m working on now. The project has an open deadline, so the project has become a real laboratory of detail where I’m able to create a pretty complex collage of materials, and as the time passes, there are always new fresh seasonal flowers everywhere, (even in the bathroom I’m painting…)

My partner in crime and I refer to the past few years of hip style as the “triangle” style. A certain set of today’s youth are marked by the triangle in the logos of their favorite brands, their tattoos, and their asymmetric hairstyles. Why the triangle? There are many theories….

Then comes along a triangular visionary, who pushes the work beyond triangle into superb.  I’m praying for a new client for whom I may purchase this divine piece of furniture by the super architect/designer Rafael de Cardenas.  I’d love to put one in the center of a great classic french room, and make it the bar. Perhaps with a marble side table just in front to one side, with some gold candlesticks and a big amethyst…What I most love about this piece is the ombré/gradated color which has been my obsession since we designed ombré wallpaper for our wine bar project here in Paris.

It’s a real Indian summer here in Paris and the dahlias are in still full bloom in the most fiery autumn colors.  I took this picture yesterday in a residential project I’m finishing.  The sun was streaming through the open window and the interior just seemed like a painting.

The dahlias were placed on an amazing hand painted Moroccan side table with a very cool antique style cup I got from the Benaki Museum in Athens, and a vintage Fornasetti opera tray….all new favorites for the new season.

I just got some major press coverage on the Biarritz For Ever Blog …. an amazing shot of me swimming at the Côte des Basques at sunset….I hadn’t noticed that the surfing paparazzi was in the water with me.

“Pendant l’apéro au coucher de soleil à la Côte des Basques, loin du tourisme de la Grande Plage, avec un crawl pour enlever les toxines et remercier le ciel d’être si clément avec notre mer. Faites juste attention de ne pas revenir avec une série de vagues, cela a failli être fatal à notre nageur. Vous verrez cela surement en vidéo.”

stay tuned for the video that captures me being pummeled into a very large rock by a renegade, early evening wave….

I just received THIS from the pages of JALOUSE…..photos taken from a  party @ the Château we designed during the Festival de Cannes!

(…everyone really liked the hunting trophies which really were photogenic!)

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